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Toshiba satellite pro 4200 wont start,just 1 flashing amber light

Second hand laptop from e-bay,no powwer lead no battery no memory,and no hard drive i have acquired all these items but it just wont boot,i plug the power lead in i get 1 steady green light,when i press the start button this light flashes amber and nothing else happens.....helpppp.

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  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    Hi guys,shadow 1989 asked about light seq on tosh pro4200,
    it goes SLSSLSLS short being about half second and long about 1 second,this sequence recurring.thx in advance.

  • jsdhgfjdshgf Apr 09, 2009

    SatPro6100, thanks dude.
    YOU THE MAN!!!

  • Shadow1989 May 11, 2010

    How many times does it flash.  I ask because some laptops have bios flash codes.

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I had a similar problem on SatPro6100. Mine was LSSSLSSL (10010001).

Thinking that the laptop was buggered I decided I would take it apart and have a look at the insides.

Whilst it was apart I also disconnected the BIOS battery.

Couldn't find anything that looked like it had burnt out so put it all back together again.

When I turned it on again the darn thing was working fine!!!
Go figure!!

The whole thing was apart for about 2 hours or so.
I don't know if it was removing the main battery and leaving it out for that time or whether it was resetting the BIOS (by disconnecting its battery) that fixed the problem.

Anyway, I have managed to get all my data off the laptop so not too worried if it screws up again.

I do however always disconnect the power source BEFORE shutting down the laptop and only reconnect it after I have pressed the on button. Seems to be working fine (for now!)

Hope that helps someone out there!

Posted on Mar 22, 2009

  • SatPro6100 Mar 22, 2009

    ps.
    Forgot to mention, when I started it up again I was getting a CheckSum error so I went in to the BIOS setup, unset the turn on password and everything was working fine!


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